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Abed Yusop and other competitors in The International 10 are set to display their skills before live spectators. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ABED YUSOP

Fully-vaccinated fans get a chance to witness world-class DOTA 2 action as Valve announced that it will allow them to watch The International 10 (TI 10) live at the 55,000-seater Arena Nacionala in Bucharest, Romania from 7 to 17 October.

In a statement, Valve stressed it will start selling tickets to live spectators on 22 September.

But those who wish to avail should be fully-vaccinated and should practice health and safety precautions to make sure that nobody will contract Covid-19.

“We are pleased to announce that after careful consideration, tickets to join the audience live at the main event for The International 2021 in Bucharest, Romania will go on sale on 22 September 2021,” Valve said.

“Please note that our efforts to keep this event safe for all involved include some additional for those who choose to attend, as we aim to bring the community together both in person and virtually to finally watch the best teams in the world battle it out for the Aegis of Champions.”

The International is being held annually since 2011, but was called off last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was supposed to take place in Sweden but was canceled by the Swedish government due to coronavirus concerns.

At one point, the prestigious event appeared in danger of getting postponed for another year until Bucharest took the hosting chore. Although doubts were raised over the presence of live spectators, Valve eased those concerns when it announced that they just need to prove that they are already vaccinated while wearing masks.

“All attendees of the live event must be fully vaccinated and masked,” the DOTA 2 developer said.

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